Marcus Morris had 22 points and reserve Mario Little added 17, sparking a second-half charge that led second-ranked Kansas past No. 19 Missouri, 103-86, last night in a clash between the Big 12’s highest-scoring teams.
Markieff Morris added 16 points for the Jayhawks (23-1, 8-1), who beat their archrivals at home for the 12th straight time. Missouri (18-6, 4-5) dropped to 0-5 in conference road games and 14-41 all time in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas came in leading the nation in field goal shooting at 52 percent, and shot 61 percent against Missouri’s pressure defense. The Tigers made seven of their first nine shots and wound up shooting 52 percent.
By the time Little threw down a dunk for a 93-85 lead with a little more than 5 1/2 minutes left, the sellout crowd was yelling for the Jayhawks to hit 100.
With 2:34 left and the crowd on its feet, the Jayhawks got Tyrel Reed an open look for a 3-pointer from the wing that made it 100-84, triggering a deafening roar from 16,300 fans.
The Morris twins combined for 15 rebounds for Kansas, which held a commanding 38-21 edge on the boards.
Pittsburgh 71, West Virginia 66 — Nasir Robinson scored 15 points and the fourth-ranked Panthers overcame an awful start to beat the No. 25 Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va.
Pittsburgh (22-2, 10-1 Big East) got a balanced attack without leading scorer Ashton Gibbs, who is out up to two weeks because of a left knee injury. Gary McGhee had 13 points, Travon Woodall added 12, and Brad Wanamaker scored 11 for the Panthers.
Deniz Kilicli scored a career-high 19 points and Kevin Jones added 12 for the Mountaineers (15-8, 6-5).
Women North Carolina 62, Duke 60 — At Chapel Hill, N.C., Waltiea Rolle had the go-ahead 3-point play with 3:20 left and blocked Chelsea Gray’s shot on the final play to help the No. 13 Tar Heels (21-3, 7-2 ACC) beat the fifth-ranked Blue Devils.
Gray had a season-high 20 points to lead Duke (21-2, 7-1) and grabbed a defensive rebound with about six seconds left. She raced upcourt and tried to force up a driving layup, but the 6-foot-6-inch Rolle was waiting to block it away.
Tennessee 73, Kentucky 67 — Shekinna Stricklen scored 20 points and the No. 4 Lady Vols (22-2, 10-0 SEC) overcame major turnover trouble on the road to beat the No. 15 Wildcats (18-5, 7-3) and run their win streak to 13.
Florida St. 78, Virginia 74 — Cierra Bravard scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and the No. 19 Seminoles (18-5, 6-2 ACC) withstood a furious rally to beat the host Cavaliers (13-12, 2-7).